Macomb Local News Archives for 2018-12

Master Plan Open House Today at Quincy Veterans Home

The Final Master Plan for the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy will be on display today, December 18, in the Lippincott Hall on the Veterans Home Campus located at 1707 N. 12th St. in Quincy, IL 62301.


The public is invited to stop by between 4-7 p.m.


The Master Plan is a document based on the analysis and evaluation of the campus’ current state and will serve as the framework for the future of the Quincy Veterans Home campus and community.



WIRC Announces Retirement of Two Long-Time Staffers

The Western Illinois Regional Council (WIRC) announced the retirement of two long-time staffers today.


Diane Mayfield has assisted victims of domestic and sexual assault/abuse for nearly 20 years as the Victim Services Director at WIRC-Community Action Agency.


Mayfield has guided a staff of counselors, case managers, prevention educators, judicial advocates, support staff, and volunteers through her time as Victim Services Director. More recently, she led efforts to expand WIRC-CAA’s Victim Services Sexual Assault Program to Knox and Fulton Counties, with additional offices in Galesburg and Cuba. Mayfield has held key leadership positions with the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault as well.


In retirement Mayfield plans to spend more time reading and traveling. She will also continue to be involved in social justice advocacy. The WIRC-CAA Board specially recognized Mayfield for her leadership in victim services during the annual business meeting on December 13.


The WIRC’s other retiring staffer is Kevin Wiehardt. He has provided high quality leadership in almost every program area of WIRC and WIRC-CAA for over 37 years. The communities throughout Western Illinois can thank Wiehardt for various infrastructure improvements as he led WIRC efforts in securing millions in state/federal funding. Wiehardt also served as Community Services Director, guiding programs to improve the quality of life for the less fortunate.


Wiehardt plans to increase his travel and enjoy spending more time with his grandchildren as he begins retirement.


Macomb Firefighters Local 3053 Donates $500 to Linda's Fund

Macomb Firefighters Local 3053 recently presented a $500 donation to McDonough District Hospital (MDH) for Linda’s Fund.


The union raised money during October through pink t-shirt sales in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Those sales raised $250 and then firefighters matched the donation to bring the grand total to $500.


Breast Cancer patients at MDH who are using the services receive financial support from Linda’s Fund. The Macomb Firefighters Local 3053 is the latest local community group to donate to the cause.


To learn more about Linda’s Fund, or to apply for assistance, contact the MDH Foundation Office at (309) 836-1757.


WIU Board of Trustees Meeting Recap (12/14/18)

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees held their most recent meeting on Dec. 14 at the campus of Macomb.


The Board approved the FY20 appropriated capital budget recommendations and the annual auditing department charter. They also passed a resolution to release closed session meeting minutes. 

The Board of Trustees will hold their next meeting on March 28-29, 2019, in Macomb.


Record Fundraiser for MDH Festival of Trees

The 13th Annual McDonough District Hospital “Festival of Trees” took place Friday, November 30 until Monday, December 3 at the West Central Illinois (WCI) Arts Center.


More than 1,300 guests entered through the doors to view the 38 unique community decorated trees. There was also an “I Spy” game, seeking specified items within each tree, as well as a chance to win a $200 cash raffle, sponsored by Steve Silberer Century 21. Lastly, guests had the opportunity to pick their favorite tree as the “People’s Choice”, which was sponsored by Marcia Twaddle.


There was other entertainment throughout the festival, including: Ukulele Macomb, Miss Margaret Face Painting, and the Wesley Praise Band.


The festival raised a record-breaking $36,000 through admission funds, auction and raffle proceeds, and event sponsorships. Proceeds will benefit the Dolores Kator Switzer Women’s Center at MDH, with an additional $250 for the Reach Out and Read Program at the MDH Pediatric Clinic.


“We are thrilled to see record fundraising at this year’s festival. The MDH Foundation and Festival of Trees committee work very hard to bring this event to the community and we are ecstatic to see so many people enjoy it,” said MDH Foundation Coordinator Brittany Moore.


This year’s "Festival of Trees" was sponsored by Citizens Bank, a Division of Morton Community Bank Member FDIC.


To get involved with the festival next year, or to learn more about the Dolores Kator Switzer Women’s Center, contact the MDH Foundation office at (309) 836-1757.



WIU Board of Trustees Meeting Dec. 14

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees has announced their upcoming December meeting on Friday, Dec. 14 beginning at 8 a.m. in the University Union Capitol Rooms on the main campus of Macomb.


The Board of Trustees has also determined that there is no need for a closed session this quarter. The complete agenda for this meeting can be found at


The Lamoine Retirement Living Ribbon Cutting

The Ambassador Committee of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting today for The Lamoine Retirement Living, 203 N. Randolph Street, Macomb. 


The historic building has been completely renovated and offers residents/visitors many unique recreational, shopping, and learning opportunities. Assisted living, memory care and specialized Alzheimer's and dementia care is available as well. 


For more information, call (309) 575-3018 or visit


IDOT Traveler's Survey open to Public

An Illinois Department of Transportation survey is available until Dec. 31. The department is
seeking feedback regarding Illinois’ transportation system. You can access the Illinois Traveler
Opinion Survey by visiting

Topics range from road conditions and ice-and-snow removal to commuting habits and driving
behaviors. The survey has been conducted every year since 2001.


Sports Update 12/10/18



The Bears won a Sunday Night Football game last night, December 9, 15-6 over the Los Angeles Rams. The win secured their 9th on the year, guaranteeing a winning season for the first time since 2012.


This was the most impressive win the Bears have had in several years, and puts them firmly on the map as contenders to not only make the playoffs, but to be the team that represents the NFC in the Super Bowl. This win also pushes the Bears’ record in prime-time games to 3-1 (4-1 if you count the win in Detroit on Thanksgiving). These are the kinds of games recent iterations of the Bears would typically lose, and is a testament to the strides they’ve taken under Matt Nagy.


Another thing this win did that perhaps not enough people are talking about is place Matt Nagy firmly in the Coach of the Year conversation. The job he has done with not only calling plays for the offense, but rallying this team week in and week out has been nothing short of impressive. Full credit has to go to Ryan Pace for having a plan with his coaching search and executing it to a T.


The most impressive thing about this win, however, has to be the performance of the defense. The Bears shut down a team that had been averaging almost 35 points per game this season, one that had been averaging more than 300 passing yards per game, and one that contained a very highly rated MVP candidate in Todd Gurley. They forced Goff into a 4-INT day, only allowed Gurley to gain 68 total yards (28 rushing, 40 receiving), and the only end zone Jared Goff and the Rams touched was their own on Eddie Goldman’s safety. Akiem Hicks and this defense realized that their QB didn’t have it and stepped up to win this game for the Bears. As we stated on the on-air update, this had a very 2006 Bears feel to it, and I think we’d all take that again.


Monday Night Football:


The Vikings head to Seattle tonight to take on the Seahawks in a huge Monday Night Football matchup that has implications on playoff seeding for both teams, as well as divisional implications for the Vikings.


Should Minnesota win, they would get to 7-5-1 and leapfrog the (with the loss) 7-6 Seahawks for the 5th seed in the NFC, and take hold of home field for that game. Should the Seahawks win and get to 8-5, they would take a 2-game lead over Minnesota with 3 games remaining, and all but lock up home-field in the wild card game. A win for Seattle also begins to put pressure on the Cowboys and Bears as the current 3 and 4 seeds.


The pressure on the Bears brings up an interesting point, in that Bears fans likely will (and should be anyways, it’s the Vikings) be cheering for the Seahawks tonight. This is interesting because they have already beaten the Seahawks, and could yet either be jumped by them in playoff seeding should Seattle get hot, or play them in the wild-card round of the playoffs. It creates a real “Love you hate you” conundrum for Bears fans, though any loss by the Vikings should be cause for celebration. Look for Kirk Cousins’ patented choke-artistry in big games tonight, as he has shown a complete lack of ability to win the big game in his career. I think Seattle takes this one, as Qwest Field will be rocking and this Seattle defense will be able to force Cousins into bad decision after bad decision.


Illinois Board of Higher Education Approves Increased Budget for 2020

A budget of $312 million new dollars has been approved by the Illinois Board of Higher
Education (IBHE) for fiscal year 2020. This is a 16.6 percent increase in funding in higher

The new or increased grant lines include:
- Monetary Award Program (MAP): $100 million
- AIM HIGH: $20 million
- Veterans and National Guard: $26 million
- Assistance for Nonpublic Institutions: $25 million


IBHE also requested $664 million in Capital Renewal funding to pay for imperative deferred
maintenance. This is in addition to $1.5 billion for regular capital projects.


Multi-Agency Resource Center opens Today in Taylorville

This weekend, Taylorville will open a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) for those impacted

by the recent tornadoes.The MARC opens TODAY from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and tomorrow, December 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Proof of address is requested.


State and local agencies offering assistance:


Department on Aging:  Staff representatives will assist older adults and their family caregivers

with information on services and public benefits within the community. Evaluate the problems

and capacities of individuals to recover from the storm and attempt to address service gaps;

provide follow-up services based on the older individual’s and family caregiver’s needs; deliver

information regarding the wide range of services offered by the Aging Network.


Department of Human Services: The Division of Rehabilitation Services will provide

information to individuals with disabilities regarding housing, wheelchairs, interpreters and

services for the blind.


Christian County Family Community Resource Center: Representatives will provide forms to

request replacement of SNAP benefits lost due to the storm, information related to services in

the community and applications for crisis assistance or other benefits.


Department of Insurance: Representatives will be on hand to answer questions about

individual insurance policies.


Christian County Health Department: Staff members will provide information on the essential

public health services available in the community, including tetanus vaccines and food safety.


Illinois Attorney General: Representatives will provide information regarding identity theft,

how to spot and report home repair scams and explain what residents can do to protect

themselves from predators during the recovery process.


The Christian County CEFS will also be there, along with more volunteer disaster relief



Governor Bruce Rauner declared the county a disaster area after three tornadoes came

through, ranging in strength from an EF0 to an EF3.


Go to to learn more about disaster recovery resources.


Help-Portrait Macomb: Tomorrow, December 8

Tomorrow, December 8th, photographers, editors and volunteers around the Macomb area will gather for the fifth annual Help-Portrait event. The goal of the event is simple:


1. Find someone in need

2. Take a portrait

3. Print the portrait

4. Deliver the portrait.

Macomb Camera Club members, local photographers, and community members will volunteer their time to take portraits of low-income families and those in need who aren’t able to afford professional family portraits. Individual photos will also be available for High-school Seniors from low-income families, veterans, and senior citizens.

Help-Portrait Macomb photographs as many families as they can fit into three hours. You are welcome to stop by the Crossing, 1600 W Jackson, Macomb between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.


Families outside of Macomb are invited as well. Each family receives a free 8x10 print and an electronic copy of the family photo. Registration is not required, but is benefitial. Families can RSVP at or on Facebook


Additional volunteers and donations are still in demand to help the event run smoothly and to fund the prints, supplies, and snacks at the event. Donations can be made to the Help-Portrait Macomb account at the Western Illinois Credit Union. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Help-Portrait for more information.


2018 Illinois Firearm Deer Season Preliminary Results

The total number of deer taken by hunters during the 2018 Illinois Firearm Deer Season was
slightly more than last year. 80,896 deer were taken this year as opposed to 80,117 in 2017.
The first segment of the season (Nov. 16-18) was 58,836 deer, while the second season (Nov.
29-Dec.2) saw 22,060.

More upcoming deer hunting opportunities:
- Dec. 7-9: The Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season
- Dec. 27-20, Jan. 18-20: The Late-Winter Antlerless-Only Deer Season and CWD Deer

Season (in designated counties only)
- The Archery Deer Season continues through Jan. 20, 2019.


Visit the website for more
information on deer hunting.


Thompson Family FFA Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

The Thompson Family FFA Scholarship will be awarded to a Macomb Senior High School senior
FFA member. The $500 award is presented by Alan and Bess Thompson. The two urge seniors
with a minimum 2.0 GPA and financial needs to apply.

Ways money can be used:
- Vocational training
- 2 or 4-year institution
- Clothing/equipment for employment


The deadline to apply is April 1, 2019. Applications are available from the school’s FFA advisor,
Wyatt McGrew or the high school counselor, Jami Minter.

Contact the Macomb Senior High School to learn more.


Upcoming Community Blood Drive at The Leap Church

The Leap Church is hosting a community blood drive on Dec. 29. It will take place from 12:30
p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 201 N. Hun Street, Colchester, IL.

- At least 17 years old (16 with parental permission)
- Weigh more than 110 pounds
- Have a photo I.D.
- Gave blood on or before 11/3/18

Contact Pastor Doug Gorman at 317-225-6710 or visit (use code
3431) to donate.


Five Cases of Hepatitis A Recently Diagnosed in East-Central Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported five hepatitis A cases in east-central
Illinois last month. So far, 2018 has seen 69 cases statewide.
IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah urges homosexual men, homeless individuals and drug users to get
a hepatitis A vaccination.
- Fever
- Fatigue
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea
- Vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Joint pain
- Jaundice
IDPH is currently working with several health departments covering 40 counties to make
hepatitis A vaccines easily assessable.
To learn more about hepatitis A, visit the IDPH website.


New Airline Rule Supporting Passengers with Disabilities Begins Today

A new rule has been implemented today requiring air carriers to disclose how many checked
bags, wheelchairs and motorized scooters are damaged or mishandled each month. The
legislation was passed by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth.


“Every airline passenger deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, but too often that is
not the case. Travelers should be able to find out if certain airlines have high rates of breaking
wheelchairs and other equipment that people depend on, just like we can find out if certain
airlines have high rates of flight delays or cancellations,” said Senator Duckworth. “I know from
personal experience that when an airline damages a wheelchair, it is more than a simple
inconvenience—it's a complete loss of mobility and independence. It was the equivalent of
taking my legs away from me again. No air traveler should be left in the lurch, immobile on a


A combat veteran and double amputee, Duckworth has been a strong advocate for disability
rights and consumer safety.


Special Meeting Notice for ETSB and The Communications Center Board

The Emergency Telephone Systems Board (ETSB) and the Communications Center Board will be holding a special meeting to conduct business this Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM. The ETSB begins their meeting at that time, and the Communications Board meeting will follow up shortly after.


The Communications Board meeting agenda is the following:


1. Call to order

2. Approval of ETSB Claims-Roll Call
3. Old Business
     - Discuss & Approve IT Services proposal from TimbukTech
     - Discuss & Approve Server upgrade proposal from TimbukTech
     - Discuss & Approve FY19 Budget

4. New Business
5. Adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to Chapter 5 Illinois Compiled Statutes
Section 120/2 (C) (Only if needed)
6. Public Comment
7. Next Meeting Date December 18, 2018 immediately following ETSB meeting. Note Special date.
8. Adjournment


The meeting takes place in the Macomb Police Department Training Room.



State Bowling for MCSRA!

McDonough County Special Recreation Association, had 7 of their bowlers go to state!


One of the county's ramp bowlers took home the silver. In the singles competition there were 4 competitors and they all placed, 3 golds and 1 bronze! One of the gold medalists bowled a 500 series. There was a doubles competition as well, the one team that copeted they finished 5th place, it was their first time competing in state.


MCSRA also has a basketball season as well! Upcoming is the  Holiday Hoops Play day at the Canton High School at 10am and 11am. MCSRA will be hosting a basketball game 12/22 at 1:00pm at the Washington Street Gym in Macomb, courtesy of the Macomb High School.


For more information check out their website! 



Donate and get your Holiday Gifts Wrapped in Quincy next week

Do you need help with gift wrapping this holiday season? Volunteers from Advocacy Network
for Children and Peoples Prosperity Bank will be on hand to wrap gifts for a free-will donation.

This will take place in the Peoples Prosperity Bank Community Room in Quincy. Stop by from 5
to 8 p.m. on Dec. 14 or 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 15 to get your gifts wrapped.


Contact Diane Pieper at 217-223-2272, or visit the facebook page here for more information.


2018 McDonough County Tentative Multiplier Announced

Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue Constance Beard reported that McDonough
County has been issued a property assessment equalization factor, often called "multiplier", of 0.9832.

Equalization is important as taxing districts overlap into two or more counties. Without it,
inequities among taxpayers with comparable properties would result.

What we know:
- Assessments in McDonough County are at 33.90 percent of market value.
- The equalization factor currently being assigned is for 2018 taxes, payable in 2019.
- Last year’s equalization factory was 1.0000


Ari's Entertainment Report 12-4-18



The music video for “Thank U, Next” is officially out and fans are going wild.


Grande’s breakup song video features movies such as “Mean Girls”, “13 going on 30”, “Bring it On”, and “Legally Blonde”.


“Thank U, Next” broke the record for most views on YouTube in 24 hours.




Twitter fans can’t stop tweeting after Jenner revealed a picture on her Instagram Stories that may or may not reveal the couple being married or engaged.


The picture features the love birds with their heads together, wearing all white, and a ring emoji above their heads.


While nothing is confirmed or denied, that hasn't stopped twitter from investigating.




Lindsay Lohan is starting the new year off right with her MTV show, “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club”.


The show is a reality show set to follow the club and the employees that work there.


LLBC is set to premiere Jan. 8


Who knows, this might be the next best reality show.




Bushnell-Prairie City Donates to MDH Linda's Fund

The Bushnell-Prairie City Schools Athletic Booster Club’s “Paint the Gym Pink” fundraiser raised
$2,500 for Linda’s Fund at McDonough District Hospital (MDH). The money was supported through a
shirt sale, silent auction and face painting.


The club has raised a total of $8,755 in support of Linda's Fund since 2014.

For more information regarding Linda’s Fund, call the MDH Foundation at 309-836-1757.


Macomb No Sticker Yard Waste Collection Extended

The “No Sticker” Fall Yard Waste Collection is now through Dec. 7. The Macomb City Yard Site also announced that it is closed for the season.


Gifts for Children Donation Begins Today

From now until Dec. 20, the Advocacy Network for Children, Illinois Department of Children and
Family Services and Country Financial will be accepting donations for area kids.

Items needed:
- Toothbrushes for babies to teens
- New underwear and socks for babies to teens
- Crayons/activity books for all ages
- Body wash and/or baby wash
- Feminine products
- Deodorant
- Notebooks
- Bags (Duffle bags, book bags, drawstring bags)


Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Locations for drop off:
- Advocacy Network for Children, 1420 Harrison, Quincy, IL 62301
- John Hibbert at Country Financial, 206 South Ohio, Camp Point, IL 62320


Everyone who donates gets the chance to win a basket.